Alex Salmond has also opposed those who seek to conflate political criticism or opposition to Israeli crimes with hostility to the Jewish Community. Addressing a Glasgow Jewish community meeting in May 2010, he was asked “to do what he could to halt” BDS actions outside Glasgow supermarkets. Salmond responded with an elementary distinction:
“I don’t think we should accept as a community that your position in Scottish society should be judged or affected by the policies of Israel. The Jewish community is not liable for those policies. It is possible to be critical of Israel without being anti-Semitic. The Jewish community should not be judged on whether people approve or disapprove of the actions of Israel.”
A motion to boycott Israel was overwhelmingly passed at the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) General Meeting on Monday 14th March. In what was described as a ‘landslide’, the motion, ‘Boycott Israeli Goods in EUSA shops and supply chains’ received around 270 votes in favour, with only 20 students voting against.
An Israeli Embassy spokesman today criticised the local council in Dundee, Scotland, for not siding “with the one country in the region where Arabs do have a vote”. He is of course referring to the second-class citizens Israel likes to refer to as ‘Arab Israelis’, but who see their representatives branded as terrorists and refused the right to travel, while in the settler state itself they suffer institutional racism and attacks on a constant basis. Apartheid would be a far better description of the so-called democracy experienced by Palestinians in what was their own country – Palestine before the catastrophe (Nabka) of 1948.
Largest student union in Europe joins boycott of Israel
Posted on May 18, 2011 by James Haywood and Ashok Kumar
The University of London Union (ULU) has voted 10-1 to institute and campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestine. The motion called for “thorough research into ULU investments and contracts” with companies guilty of “violating Palestinian human rights” as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC). Ashok Kumar, Senate member for LSE, speaking in favour of the motion, argued, “We have precedents for boycotting campaigns at ULU, especially with South Africa and the boycott campaign over Barclays bank, that supported the Apartheid regime. We are now responding to the Palestinian call for civil action in support of their fight against racism.”
YES WE CAN
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